World’s oldest bird gives birth

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The world’s oldest known bird has hatched a chick at the age of 70.

The bird , a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, gave birth to her 40th chick.

The new chick was hatched last month on Midway Atoll, a small scrap of land 1,300 miles north west of Hawaii. Wisdom then returned last month with her mate to hatch the chick.

Wisdom was first banded in 1956. Banding is a small item placed on the bird’s leg, so when they are spotted they can be tracked.

It was initially thought that Laysan Albatross birds had a life span of 40 years, but Wisdom is now teaching researchers more about the species.

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  1. She is SO cool! I researched the Southern Royal Albatross at school and found a whole lot of interesting facts!

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